Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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Deliciously chewy and flavorful oatmeal cookies! 

Chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips on top.

Hey everyone! It’s Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron! I thought I’d sneak in one last cookie recipe before everyone is ready to get back to more fruits, veggies, and whole grains!

These cookies are my family’s FAVORITE oatmeal cookie. They are so flavorful, have a wonderful texture, and best of all they are soft & chewy! No hard oatmeal cookies here 🙂

Chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips.

Tips to make the BEST Oatmeal Cookies:

  • Correctly measure the flour: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour you will pack in way too much flour (which will result in cake-like cookies with the wrong texture). To properly measure your flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup until its overfilled. Then use the back of a butter knife to level the measuring cup at the top. You’ll have a perfect flour measurement now!
  • Use room temperature eggs: This ensures the eggs disperse more evenly into the batter giving these cookies a lighter texture (the eggs trap air). Soaking refrigerated eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for about 10 minutes is a quick way to do this. Otherwise, pull the eggs out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before use.
  • Use REAL butter and beat it with the sugar: Butter gives these cookies body, texture, and flavor. By beating it with the sugars at the start you’re fluffing up the butter with air which gives these cookies that perfect foundation for a great texture.
  • Slightly under-bake: if you over bake these cookies you’ll lose the awesome soft and chewy texture and you’ll get a hard and crisp oatmeal cookie instead. Watch them careful and as soon as the tops are no longer glossy, pull them out!


Chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips on top and chocolate chips next to the cookies.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Deliciously chewy and flavorful oatmeal cookies!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Author Chelsea Lords
Servings: 24 Cookies


  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 and ½ cups QUICK oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 2 cups. milk chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the brown sugar, white sugar, and room temperature (NOT melted) butter until creamy. The mixture should look like peanut butter.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, flour, and chocolate chips. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the dry to the wet and mix until just combined being careful to not overmix.
  • Roll out golf-ball sized dough balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes or until just lightly golden brown. Watch carefully to avoid over-baking; slightly under-baked oatmeal cookies make the best chewy cookies!


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Serves: 24

Calories278kcal (14%)Carbohydrates39g (13%)Protein3g (6%)Fat13g (20%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol37mg (12%)Sodium117mg (5%)Potassium48mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar30g (33%)Vitamin A300IU (6%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium44mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie recipes, oatmeal cookies
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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. “Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good.” She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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    1. Hi Deena!
      Salted butter should be just fine. They may just have a little more of a salty flavor since you are adding sea salt in the recipe. Please let me know how you like them! Thanks for following along with me!

  1. 5 stars
    I have tried this recipe many times already ’cause my friends love these cookies, thank you for sharing your recipe. I’ll try your other recipe soon. ?

  2. 5 stars
    This oatmeal recipe was amazing! Super moist and chewy. Delicious. My husband can’t stop eAting them and commenting how good they are! I did modify it a bit because I love brown sugar so I used 2 cups instead of half white, and I used raisins instead of chocolate chips and added some cinnamon because I like those ingredients with oatmeal. I also didn’t have the quick cooking oats so used the old fashioned and it seemed fine. Do you think if I cut the sugar down a bit so they were a little less sweet I would need to add extra of another ingredient to compensate? Just wondering.

  3. amazing recipe!!! looks divine and delicious – will try this! I recipe as you suggested and it was soooo delicious! i added an extra 10 minutes and it turned out to be fine, really good recipe and super easy to follow! so delicious!

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